Thursday, July 30, 2015

Drought, Temperature, Fires Challenge Tevis Water Supply -- Full Article

By Marsha Hayes
Jul 30, 2015

With California entering its fourth year of drought and temperatures climbing to over 100°F, assuring a plentiful and palatable water supply for the 2015 Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance ride participants is a must—but a challenging one—for ride organizers and volunteers alike.

This year’s Tevis Cup will take place Aug. 1 in Northern California.

“An endurance horse, working in the heat, can sweat 3 to 4 gallons an hour or more, although the hourly average over the course would be lower,” explained head veterinarian Greg Fellers, DVM. “Natural thirst will stimulate the horse to replace about two-thirds of that water loss...”

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